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Settlements at the Edge

Settlements at the Edge

Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Andrew Taylor, Dean B. Carson, Prescott C. Ensign, Lee Huskey, Rasmus O. Rasmussen and Gertrude Saxinger

Settlements at the Edge examines the evolution, characteristics, functions and shifting economic basis of settlements in sparsely populated areas of developed nations. With a focus on demographic change, the book features theoretical and applied cases which explore the interface between demography, economy, well-being and the environment. This book offers a comprehensive and insightful knowledge base for understanding the role of population in shaping the development and histories of northern sparsely populated areas of developed nations including Alaska (USA), Australia, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland and other nations with territories within the Arctic Circle.

Chapter 6: Place-based planning in remote regions: Cape York Peninsula, Australia and Nunavut, Canada

Sharon Harwood, Ed Wensing and Prescott C. Ensign

Subjects: geography, human geography, population studies, urban and regional studies, regional studies


6. Place- ased planning in remote b regions: Cape York Peninsula, Australia and Nunavut, Canada Sharon Harwood, Ed Wensing and Prescott C. Ensign INTRODUCTION This chapter explores how planning theories and methods applied to the creation of regional development plans for remote regions in Australia and Canada reinforce the socio-conomic disadvantages of the Indigenous e populations in those regions. The literature regarding planning for economic development in remote regions highlights the inadequacies of top- down sectoral- ased approaches in favour of a place- ased approach, yet b b the practice of place- ased planning remains elusive. This chapter highb lights the need for a place- ased approach to regional planning through b an analysis of implications of contemporary practice upon the social and economic well- eing of the Indigenous peoples1 of Cape York Peninsula in b Australia and Nunavut in Canada. In this chapter we use the term ‘regional planning’ to mean planning over very large geographical regions that are sparsely populated with several small settlements or villages. PLANNING FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN A REMOTE REGION: AN OXYMORON? Planning is the process of managing change within communities and is a human activity undertaken by humans for humans (Harwood, 2010). It is invariably value laden, focuses on the future and is in a sense optimistic because humans assume they can control the forces that impact upon their future. Planning can also be described as an intervention to alter the existing course of events (Campbell and Fainstein, 2003) to create an improved...

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